Is Juice Healthier With Pulp?
Dear Dr. Cory:
We usually buy 100 percent orange juice with pulp, thinking it is healthier than versions without pulp. Is it?
Dear Ms. Morganson:
There is really no nutritional advantage in opting for 100 percent juice with pulp. So, buy the kind your family prefers, and look for those fortified with calcium and vitamin D. Also, consider this: 100 percent juices contain concentrated amounts of sugar and don’t have nearly the benefits of whole fruit, such as the pulp, fiber, and skin. As an alternative, store orange or grapefruit sections in refrigerated, airtight containers for your family to enjoy first thing in the morning or for quick and easy snacks during the day. You can also keep apples, plums, grapes*, bananas, oranges, pears, and cherry tomatoes* on your countertop for ready snacking. Or, put seedless grapes* in the freezer for a cool summer treat!
* Cut grapes and cherry tomatoes into small pieces before serving to young
children, as they can be a choking hazard.
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